Published time: 01 April 2020
Authors: Valeria Luzzi, Gaetano Ierardo, Maurizio Bossù, Antonella Polimeni
Keywords: COVID-19, pandemics, pediatric dentistry, oral health prevention, coronavirus
During the period of health emergency linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the management of children’s oral health presents specific problems related to the infectious spread of the disease. These problems must be faced on the one hand by acting on the oral health prevention methods, and on the other by implementing specific protocols relating both to the conditions of oral pathologies that normally do not represent an emergency and to those clinical situations that fall into the category of pediatric dental emergencies. In this perspective, in addition to defining rigorous and highly effective infection control protocols in dental settings, it is of fundamental importance to work on remote communication and education aimed at maintaining the oral health of the children. This article, after an analysis of the risk factors from COVID-19 associated with pediatric dental treatment, presents a series of considerations on potential oral prevention strategies and on the management of emergency and non-emergency dental procedures in a context of disease transmission control, proposing new approaches and models of treatment based also on remote interaction techniques which will then retain their usefulness even at the end of the current emergency period.
COVID-19 Pediatric Oral Health During and After the Pandemics